Archive for May 5th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Blog breaks 100,000 hit threshold

Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 02:30 p.m.

It took a while. But we finally did it! just topped the 100,000 daily hit threshold.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 10:05 p.m.

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association and the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters (Local 891) today announced their endorsement of Perris Hill Neighborhood Leader Robert Jenkins in the July 12th Second Ward City Council election .

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MarketWatch: Applications for U.S. jobless benefits surge

Economic Report
May 5, 2011, 10:41 a.m. EDT
Claims climb to 474,000, the highest level since August
By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Weekly applications for unemployment compensation jumped to their highest level since August, largely because of special factors, but a recent upward trend suggests more slack in the U.S. labor market.

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InlandPolitics: Crude Oil pulls back on drop in demand


Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 09:25 a.m.

Weary drivers may get a small reprieve from rising gas prices in the next week.

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DailyBulletin: Upland fires City Manager Robb Quincey

Upland City Mayor Ray Musser, left, and councilman Gino Filippi leave the dais for a special closed session meeting about City Manager Robb Quincey Wednesday at Upland City Hall. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher Staff Photographer)

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/04/2011 07:35:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to fire City Manager Robb Quincey.

After more than an hour and a half in closed session, the City Council released Quincey from his employment with the city based on “two prongs,” said City Attorney William Curley.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County may abandon plans to build a new government center as it wrestles with an ongoing budget shortfall.

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The PE: REDLANDS: New audit firm gives city fresh eyes

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The Redlands City Council has approved a contract with a new auditing firm, Lance, Soll & Lunghard LLP, which has offices in Orange and Los Angeles counties and the Temecula area.

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By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2011 06:21:14 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s skyrocketing pension costs has one councilman calling for an analysis of the city’s obligations and what it would take legally to overhaul the city’s contributions to employee pensions.

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The Sun: Final layoff notices go out to teachers

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2011 05:05:56 PM PDT

More than 200 San Bernardino City Unified teachers likely will not return to their classrooms at the start of the next school year.

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By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2011 05:43:35 PM PDT

COLTON – A judge on Wednesday scheduled a May 27 hearing that he said could lead to fines or jail time for the president of a medical marijuana collective who has defied court orders to temporarily shut down.

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May 04, 2011 4:51 PM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • The California Senate Public Safety Committee has pushed through legislation by Sen. Sharon Runner that would mandate a new unsupervised class of parolees to register their home addresses with county sheriffs.

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Tax income has been outpacing forecasts — good news as Sacramento struggles with a $15-billion budget deficit. GOP leaders are already using it as fodder against Gov. Brown’s proposed tax increases.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — State officials are reporting an unexpected $2-billion surge in tax receipts that will help lawmakers close the remaining $15-billion budget deficit, and the Capitol is humming with hope that more is coming.

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In an analysis of two concepts, the nonprofit California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility warns that the state’s five biggest pension funds are in precarious financial conditions.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Pension benefits for hundreds of thousands of state workers would be reduced 25% to 40% under two proposals that have become the focal points for what could become a costly and bruising ballot fight over retirement funding.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
By Ed Mendel

A new study done for a pension reform group says retirement benefits for California public employees are often two or three times greater than benefits in the private sector, where pensions and retiree health coverage are dwindling.

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Photo Credit: AP

10:41 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – In the end, it was a surgical raid by an elite special-forces unit — not a strike from a Predator drone — that took out Osama bin Laden. But on the heels of the United States’ biggest victory yet in the decade-old war on terror, lawmakers say the unmanned spy and attack plane has been a cornerstone of efforts to seek out and destroy the nation’s enemies.

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OCRegister: Obama-chimp official censured by county GOP

May 4th, 2011, 1:03 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

UPDATED with reader poll on whether we should stop using the photo of Obama as a chimp.

The Orange County GOP official who sent an email portraying President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee was censured this morning by the county party’s executive committee in a 12-2 vote.

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SacBee: Committee OKs Steinberg bill on local tax increases

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 4, 2011

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee today approved legislation that would lift longstanding limits on what taxes local governments can propose raising.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
May 4, 2011 | 5:51 pm

The Federal Reserve’s new top official in the West, in his first public speech, defended the central bank’s policy course and said that fears of serious inflation erupting from Fed stimulus programs were unrealistic.

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